Just as India reports another record-breaking daily new caseload of COVID-19 on Friday, a BJP leader from West Bengal has claimed ‘corona is gone,’ in a bizarrely ignorant political attack to the opponent party.
The comment is also remarkable because just Thursday PM Narendra Modi, who is also from BJP urged Indians to not take the virus and mask-wearing lightly.
As West Bengal is months away from polls, the political tug of war seems to gather steam, even at a time the nation is grappling with the world’s second-biggest outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
The top BJP’s leader in Bengal declared at a public rally on Thursday that the virus is actually gone and implied ‘Didimoni’ or Mamata Banerjee – Trinamool leader and West Bengal CM – is ‘pretending’ the virus is around.
Not only this, but the Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh also clarified why he thinks Mamata Banerjee is ‘pretending’ the virus is around. Because, per him, imposing a lockdown will curb the upcoming BJP rallies ahead of next year’s elections.
“Corona chole gechhe (Coronavirus is gone). Didimoni (Mamata Banerjee) is just pretending and imposing lockdowns so that the BJP can’t organize meetings and rallies in the state. No one can stop us,” Dilip Ghosh said at a rally in Dhaniakhali.
The BJP leader’s incorrect claim comes at a time India’s COVID-19 caseloads reflect no signs of stopping. In the last 24-hours, India broke the daily record of most new infections recorded at 96.5k cases on Friday.
In a recent address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reinstate the need to remain extremely vigilant and prudent in maintaining the safety and hygiene protocols until a vaccine is developed.
BJP leader Ghosh’s comments certainly come as an irony to Modi’s latest remarks on the national viral scene. This is not the first time politicians from the Hindu-centric BJP party has lashed out on opposition with eye-widening claims.
BJP national chief JP Nadda attacked West Bengal CM by slamming her with an ‘anti-Hindu’ tag for imposing a lockdown in the state on August 5 that coincided with the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ram Mandir a.k.a Ram Temple project in Ayodhya.
BJP leaders are known or their opportunist political propaganda strategies, some of which turn out a bit insensitive. Just recently BJP workers in Bihar initiated a campaign under ‘Justice for Sushant.’
The BJP’s culture wing in Bihar, which is also bound for polls, distributed posters demanding justice for the late actor’s death. “Na bhule hain, na bhulne denge (Neither have we forgotten nor will let anyone forget Sushant),” BJP’s art and culture wing posters in Bihar read.
West Bengal is one of BJP’s targets which has long been ruled by the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool government.